Marco Simoncelli met with race direction today on the eve of the Catalunya GP to discuss the incident that occurred in Le Mans. No further penalty was handed out as Race Direction just wanted to “draw a line” under the penalty to make sure that Simoncelli was aware of his mistake.
Here is the statement from the MotoGP Race Direction:
“The purpose of the meeting was to give all the parties the opportunity to discuss the incident at the French MotoGP in Le Mans that resulted in Marco Simoncelli being penalized with a ride through penalty and to draw a line under it.
“The Race Direction informed Simoncelli that they wished to ensure that he was aware of his mistake and to avoid any repetition in the future.
“Simoncelli responded that in the interval after the French Grand Prix he had had time for reflection and regretted the statements he had made in the heat of the moment immediately after the Grand Prix. He also recognized that he had made an error of judgment and stated that in future he would try to evaluate situations better and be a little more cautious.”
Simoncelli met with Race Director Paul Butler, FIM representative Claude Danis, Dorna Representative Javier Alonso, and IRTA Riders Safety delegate Franco Uncini. San Carlo Honda Gresini Team Principal Fausto Gresini was also present at the meeting.
The MotoGP riders will take to the track tomorrow for the first day of the Catalunya GP. Dani Pedrosa, who was injured in the crash in question, will not be partaking in his home Grand Prix. Pedrosa had surgery on his collarbone after the accident, and is not yet in racing condition.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com